Angry Birds, Flocking to Cellphones Everywhere
When I saw the headline “Angry Birds, Flocking to Cellphones Everywhere” among the NYT most popular list, I was naturally expecting a story about emissions from our mobile devices scrambling the navigational systems of our fine feathered friends. Not so much:
Angry Birds, a hit game by Rovio, a small Finnish company, is one of the unlikeliest pop-culture crazes of the year — and perhaps the first to make the leap from cellphone screens to the mainstream.
Angry Birds, in which the birds seek revenge on the egg-stealing pigs, is meant to be easily played in the checkout line and during other short windows of downtime — but some players have trouble stopping. Rovio says people around the world rack up 200 million minutes of game play each day. (Put another way, that is 16 human-years of bird-throwing every hour.)